: Cogs of a Bureaucracy Essay

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Taking in to the analysis the entire military for the purposes of this paper would be a bit of overkill, it would also take more space than is allotted. As such this paper will be addressing a microcosm of the military structure; the ‘company’ that I work for, Air Force Global Strike Command. Even if you were to look at the military as a whole, there are more external factors for consideration then a normal corporation. The complexity seen in the military allows for compartmentalization which in turn is capable of achieving spectacular large scale results, this same structure can make it difficult to achieve finite objectives or projects limited in scope. First let us view the macrocosm from which we are taking our example to view. As a preview of military life, this paper will refer to things as their military acronym, and the military loves their acronyms. Air Force Global Strike Command (AFGSC) is one of eleven other Major Commands (MAJCOMs) in the United States Air Force. These MAJCOMs are focused on one specific element of what the USAF needs to accomplish. They include: Materiel Command (AFMC), Air Combat Command (ACC), Air Education and Training Command (AETC), Reserve Command (AFRC), Space Command (AFSPC), Special Operations Command (AFSOC), Air Mobility Command (AMC), Pacific Air Forces (PACAF), and U.S. Air Forces Europe (USAFE). Retrieved February 5, 2014, from http://www.afhra.af.mil/organizationalrecords/majorcommands.asp All of the listed MAJCOMs specialize in one particular mission or job. So for purposes of this analysis we can look at them as separate corporations of the same conglomerate. The Five Management functions differ vastly from MAJCOM to MAJCOM, AETC behaves more like a school board, AFSPC has an extremely large civilian component which makes them more lax on customs and courtesies, and so on. AFGSC is in the business of nuclear

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